This weekend, I did something I never did before. I went geocaching after dark. I knew I was excited because I couldn’t stop talking about it all weekend. I had my flashlight ready to go, days ahead of time.
I was going to go by myself, but I was happy that two people wanted to go along with me. As we walked down a paved path, our shadows looked awesome, and they laid on top of all the happy graffiti (smiling faces, hearts and stars) that was under our feet. We had three flashlights with us, but the most powerful one illuminated the reflective markers from a long way off. (I learned my flashlight was weak this weekend). I couldn’t believe my eyes as I seen these tiny glowing circles and triangles shining through all the trees around us. But there they were.
We were to look for them until we saw a certain type of X because it did mark the spot we had to find. As we veered off the path and into the woods to get near the X, I heard, ‘watch out for the two large rocks’. The flashlight never did illuminate them, but none of us fell over because we weren’t moving too fast in the dark.
When I got near the X, I crouched down to get a better look at what was on the ground that may be hiding the cache, and I found it. I was pretty amazed because the cache itself is not reflective. It’s camouflaged to blend in with it’s surroundings. When we opened the cache, the first thing we saw was a gigantic travel bug entitled Snowman Monster. I quickly pulled him out of the deep cache and put him in my jacket pocket. One of his permanent labels proudly proclaims, “I’ve been on a cruise with Sailor30”. But his current goal is to travel as much as he can around Canada. He originated in New Mexico in 2004 and has been circulating in Alberta for over a year. He’s also been in caches in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and took a wrong turn into Colorado.
Somewhere along the way, Ninja Fairies found him in a cache and said this, “Found this in Leduc…half an arm is missing. The monster does not look so threatening without it”. That is him on my lap in this write-up.